Division II: Teams seek postseason prowess
Gettysburg, West York and Northeastern look to take next step in playoff performance
A look at top storylines entering the 2015 season in YAIAA Division II boys' basketball:
Can Gettysburg avoid a sophomore slump? The Gettysburg Warriors had a successful first season in the YAIAA and will look to continue that run in Year 2. The Warriors made it to the state tournament for the first time since 1984, but fell to eventual state champions Neumann-Goretti. Gettysburg will have to lean on senior guard Marquise Camel, who averaged 13 points per game last year. They'll need that scoring punch again and more, after losing a number of seniors from a season ago.
Can they go far? Heading into the 2015-16 season, Northeastern and West York are the favorites in Division II. Northeastern took the division title last season and both teams made the York-Adams basketball tournament. Both teams fell in the second round of the tournament, however, and were knocked out of the district tournament as well. Northeastern made it to states, but the Bobcats were eliminated in the opening round. With both squads expected to have regular-season success, the question becomes can they turn that into postseason success.
Replacing a top scorer: Ryan Beck led the Dover Eagles in scoring last season with 22.2 points per game. With that being said, they'll will have to find a new leading scorer in 2015-16. Najah Fink, who's sisters play for the Eagles' girl’s basketball team, was second on the team in scoring last season – putting up 11.1 points per game – and will likely be relied upon to be a bigger contributor this year.
Teddy Feinberg and Christian Arnold preview the YAIAA boys' basketball 2015-16 season. GameTimePA.com
Bailey looking to continue success: West York point guard Josh Bailey led the Bulldogs in points per game last season (14.2) and finished the year with 369 total points. He also was one the team’s best outside shooters, hitting 37 3-pointers. The senior point guard will look to continue that success in 2015-16.
Brown leaves Northeastern: When the Northeastern Bobcats open the season, they'll be without shooting guard DeAireus Brown, as the junior transferred to York Country Day for the upcoming season. Brown was one of the leading scorers for Northeastern – averaging nearly 10 points per game in 28 appearances – and would have likely been leaned on this season by the Bobcats.